Sales of Breeding cats
If you have found your way here, you are interested in purchasing a Bengal kitten with breeding rights. This is not a decision we make lightly, nor is it a decision that you should either. With over twenty years of experience in breeding Bengals, we find the sale of breeding cats to be the least rewarding, most burdensome aspect of breeding. We have considered not selling breeding cats anymore, but we do not believe that is the right thing for the breed. All breeders should be working to improve the breed - as we have been doing. But the breed can only improve if breeders share their work. No one breeder can do this alone.
This is what makes selling to breeders difficult. First, many people do not listen or follow the advice when given, which causes frustration and the continuation of problems that could have been solved. Furthermore, people are all different; no two people are the same. What is right to one person is wrong to another - and the reality is that both are right based on their perspective and experience.
Let's take non-genetic issues such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that cats can get. On one end of the spectrum, you have the philosophy of total sanitation and treatment of any and every ailment. There are catteries where no cats live together. Before each entrance to a cattery, there is a sanitary wash that you must go through before entering to make sure no germs enter the cat's living environment. Any bacteria or protozoa the cat tests positive will be tackled with antibiotics regardless of whether the cat is symptomatic of a problem or not. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have a cattery on the natural ground with multiple cats living together in harmony. The breeder may choose not to treat asymptomatic bacteria or protozoa and allow the cat's body to heal itself naturally. Which one of these philosophies is right? The answer - both are. But would these two breeders ever see eye to eye on issues? No. They operate on two different philosophies.
This is just one example of how two breeders can be making every decision based on what is best for the cat and be in complete disagreement with one another, yet both are right; neither is wrong. If you want to buy a breeding cat from us, you first need to understand who we are, what our breeding philosophies are, and what we are trying to do for the breed. It would be best if you got to know us enough to trust us. If you don't trust us, there is no reason even to consider buying from us. Do you trust that if you tell us what you want out of a cat, we will only offer you a kitten with strengths in those areas? Do you trust that we have done everything in our power to raise healthy kittens? What if you have your heart set on a kitten, but as it gets older, we decide that it has some trait that we do not want to represent us as a breeding cat - would you think we are trying to deceive you so we could keep your cat or sell it to someone else, or would you believe that we were telling you the truth? If you cannot trust based on previous experiences of being screwed over by other breeders, you need to work through that before you are interested in a kitten from us. We do not need to be treated as untrustworthy due to previous experiences with other breeders.
Can you trust us enough to listen? We put a lot of information online. To be honest, one of the first things we judge from our communication with you is whether or not you understand our cattery strengths and weaknesses. When we ask you what you want in a kitten, if you write in traits that we are not strong in, we interpret that as you not paying attention to our cats or the information we put online. Furthermore, if you contact Robyn privately because she is the one who is active on Social Media, but then she asks that all communication regarding cats needs to come through Quality Bengal Kittens email or Facebook page, can you listen well enough to do that?
Two unfortunate criteria could make you someone we will not sell to — one, the absence of a mentor. Sadly, we cannot take on new mentees and devote the time to them that a mentee needs and deserves. However, we do not believe that anyone should start this endeavor without support. Thus, we will not sell to new breeders who do not have a mentor. Two - due to the Retail Pet Law, which prohibits the site-unseen shipping of any pet if the breeder has more than four breeding animals on the property, we will not sell to breeders within 300 miles of Sacramento, CA. Those breeders who buy from us may not sell kittens back into any place within 300 miles of Sacramento. This is our pet market. We love selling pets, so we do not want cats of our lineage coming back into our area.
Finally, we have worked to develop a cost/payment that makes it fair for all parties and eliminates most of the issues that cause conflict in breeding sales. After much consideration, we have finalized this plan. Breeders will initially pay the price of our pet kittens and purchase the cat as a pet with consideration to breed. We will NOT guarantee fertility because the choices breeders make can impact fertility - especially female fertility. We will guarantee genetic health conditions such as HCM, but we will not guarantee non-genetic health conditions. Before you send us any money, we will disclose all health issues we have had in our cattery in the over twenty years of breeding. After purchasing a cat from us at our pet price, you can then raise the kitten to adulthood and see if it meets your standards for breeding. Once it produces a litter of kittens, you will pay for breeding rights, and we will sign off on the registration papers, backdating them so that you are the cat's owner at the time of breeding.
If you read to the bottom of this page, you may be someone we can work with. Please complete the application below. Do not email us asking price, etc., if you have not completed the application. Please answer the questions honestly and thoroughly.
Breeding Cat Application Form
We consider it such a compliment when breeders are interested in using our cats in their programs. It is really important to us that our breeding cats end up in the right programs that will utilize their strengths and use them to move the breed forward. We do have a handful of questions that we would like you to answer, so we can get to know you better. Please take your time in providing thoughtful answers.